Well now, here's something new for you: A sports post. That's right, something that has never been done before on thislifeinwriting.blogspot.com, and you get to witness it.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
How very exciting.
I must say that I grew up in a house where the Eagles pretty much ruled. With the exception of one brother who was and is a diehard Cowboys fan (I know, I know--what drama! what angst! the eagles and the cowboys are sworn enemies! Ai-yai-yai...), as well as one mother who didn't and doesn't give a rat's tail about football, it sometimes felt like we all rose and fell with the Eagles.
And then I married Drew and quickly became a football widow. I was faced with a choice: either learn to know and love the Eagles as well, or miss out on a big part of my husband's life.
If you can't beat em, join em, right?
So I joined him. And to make it even more appealing for me, Drew started telling me all these human interest stories about the Eagles. For instance, Andy Reid is mormon and somehow always manages to hire one or two mormon players on the team--like Kevin Curtis, for example; Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins generally room together when they are on the road, probably because they share the same values, Drew suspects; Shawn Andrews stayed out of training camp this year because he was struggling with depression, but then got help from friends, found God, and is even reaching out to other NFL players now struggling with depression.
Really, you never have to ask Drew twice to talk about the Eagles.
In fact, one night we were driving home late--I think from a Look Machine show--and Drew was listening to Gary Cobb's sports radio show. Of course they were discussing the Eagles and of course Drew had to call in and add his two cents. Well, in another 10 minutes Drew had something else to add, but was sadly turned away when he called.
Apparently Drew had already reached his limit for times one is allowed to call in to the show within a ten minute span. Go figure. He is nothing if not enthusiastic.
And now these beloved Eagles have won a spot in the playoffs and I am hoping that they win tomorrow. Mostly because this will make Drew extremely happy, but also because this team has won me over--albeit, with Drew's help!--and now it would make me happy too.
So may the best team win tomorrow and by best team I mean the Eagles.